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Marilyn LaCourt's novel, "The Prize", has been revised to better suit the requirements and considerations of younger readers. Now educators and other professionals can use "The Prize" Middle School Editon, and it's related Study Guide, with complete confidence that it will be entirely appropriate for a Middle School audience.
Young readers' greatly enjoy reading the Middle School Edition of "The Prize". The novel entertains and holds the young readers interest while providing a basis for discussion of one of life's most important issues, our relationships with other people.
Marilyn LaCourt has written a fascinating retort to the pessimistic vision of human nature set forth in Golding's Lord of the Flies. The Prize makes a compelling and convincing case that the terms of the discussion have been wrong from the start. Selfishness and selflessness aren't mutually exclusivethey can and do co-exist, as the student's in LaCourt imagined experiment demonstrate. Left to ourselves, she asserts, we learn that cooperation is crucial to individual self-interest.
Imagine the powerful conversation in an English class that compares and contrasts Golding with the fully-articulated alternative view of human nature in The Prize! I might wish myself thirteen again just to be a part of it.
Dale McGowan, PhD
Editor/co-author: Parenting Beyond Belief: On Raising Ethical, Caring Kids Without Religion
Author: Calling Bernadette's Bluff